Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Lou Gehrig’s disease, officially known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a degenerative neurological disorder that eventually leads to death. In the process, it can rob you of your ability to move, speak, and even breathe. If you are diagnosed with this devastating disorder, you may be eligible for financial compensation to help you when you lose your ability to work and financially provide for yourself and your family.
The Social Security Administration and other disability providers recognize that injuries are not the only things that can result in pain, suffering, and the inability to work. If you now suffer from ALS or another illness that prevents you from working, you should contact an experienced Indiana disability lawyer from Hankey Law Office, today at (800) 520-3633.
Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Although one in ten cases of ALS are inherited, doctors are not sure what causes the other 90%. Regardless, over time the nerve cells controlling muscle movement begin to die, which can prevent you from moving the associated muscle(s). This can lead to symptoms such as:
- Difficulty moving the lower leg and foot
- Clumsy hands
- Speech or swallowing problems
- Muscle spasms
As the disease progresses, even muscles that control automatic processes, such as breathing, can be affected. Thus, it is no surprise that respiratory failure is the main cause of death for people with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Slowly, your loss of muscle coordination and movement can prevent you from completing your work-related tasks, whether they involve fine movements like typing or broad movements like walking around a store. However, you may still need income to help with medical bills and other expenses. If you have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and need disability assistance, contact an Indiana disability attorney from Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 today.